I have not seen much training camp chatter out there about Brandon Lafell, which is strange because Lafell is having the best camp in his career. Lafell is coming off his best year as a pro and is determined to maximize his final year under his rookie contract.
Carolina Panthers Brandon Lafell eludes Captain Munnerlyn and Josh Norman
Typically Lafell is plagued by lapses in concentration and drops at Panthers training camp. But this year he is catching everything thrown his way.
Going into training camp, it was assumed David Gettis would be providing Lafell with a healthy dose of competition. However, the Gettis stock has been falling steadily. Lafell's competition for a taller possession type receiver is now Domenik Hixon, who's stock has been rising since camp began. Hixon, a 2 time Superbowl Champion, has slowly added veteran leadership to the wide receiver corps. This is possibly the first time in many seasons that someone other than Steve Smith has played a leadership role.
If Brandon Lafell can continue to show improvement into the regular season, we can expect David Gettleman to lock him up to a contract extension before he can test the free agent market.